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A Single Pebble

By John Hersey
  • ISBN Code: : 0593080726
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Pages : 192
  • Category : Fiction
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A young American engineer sent to China to inspect the unruly Yangtze River travels up through the river's gorges searching for dam sites. Pulled on a junk hauled by forty-odd trackers, he is carried, too, into the settled, ancient way of life of the people of the Yangtze -- until the interplay of his life with theirs comes to a dramatic climax.

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This volume of Methods in Enzymology is the first of three parts looking at current methodology for the imaging and spectroscopic analysis of live cells. The chapters provide hints and tricks not available in primary research publications. It is an invaluable resource for academics, researchers and students alike. Expert authors who are leaders in the field Extensively referenced and useful figures and tables Provides hints and tricks to facilitate reproduction of methods

Fuzzy Set Approach to Multidimensional Poverty Measurement

By Achille A. Lemmi,Gianni Betti
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  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Book Code : 0387342516
  • Total of Pages : 280
  • Category : Business & Economics
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This volume brings together advanced thinking on the multidimensional measurement of poverty. This includes the theoretical background, applications to cross-sections using contemporary European examples, and longitudinal aspects of multidimensional fuzzy poverty analysis that pay particular attention to the transitory, or impermanent, conditions that often occur during transitions to market economies. The research is up-to-date and international.

Distributed Computing

By Dahlia Malkhi
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 3540361081
  • Total of Pages : 378
  • Category : Computers
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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Distributed Computing, DISC 2002, held in Toulouse, France, in October 2002. The 24 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 76 submissions. Among the issues addressed are broadcasting, secure computation, view maintenance, communication protocols, distributed agreement, self-stabilizing algorithms, message-passing systems, dynamic networks, condition monitoring systems, shared memory computing, Byzantine processes, routing, failure detection, compare-and-swap operations, cooperative computation, and consensus algorithms.

A Brief History of Mathematical Thought

By Luke Heaton
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  • Publisher : Robinson
  • Book Code : 1472117158
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Mathematics
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Mathematics is a product of human culture which has developed along with our attempts to comprehend the world around us. In A Brief History of Mathematical Thought, Luke Heaton explores how the language of mathematics has evolved over time, enabling new technologies and shaping the way people think. From stone-age rituals to algebra, calculus, and the concept of computation, Heaton shows the enormous influence of mathematics on science, philosophy and the broader human story. The book traces the fascinating history of mathematical practice, focusing on the impact of key conceptual innovations. Its structure of thirteen chapters split between four sections is dictated by a combination of historical and thematic considerations. In the first section, Heaton illuminates the fundamental concept of number. He begins with a speculative and rhetorical account of prehistoric rituals, before describing the practice of mathematics in Ancient Egypt, Babylon and Greece. He then examines the relationship between counting and the continuum of measurement, and explains how the rise of algebra has dramatically transformed our world. In the second section, he explores the origins of calculus and the conceptual shift that accompanied the birth of non-Euclidean geometries. In the third section, he examines the concept of the infinite and the fundamentals of formal logic. Finally, in section four, he considers the limits of formal proof, and the critical role of mathematics in our ongoing attempts to comprehend the world around us. The story of mathematics is fascinating in its own right, but Heaton does more than simply outline a history of mathematical ideas. More importantly, he shows clearly how the history and philosophy of maths provides an invaluable perspective on human nature.

Logic and the Modalities in the Twentieth Century

By Dov M. Gabbay,John Woods
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  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Book Code : 9780080463032
  • Total of Pages : 732
  • Category : Mathematics
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Logic and the Modalities in the Twentieth Century is an indispensable research tool for anyone interested in the development of logic, including researchers, graduate and senior undergraduate students in logic, history of logic, mathematics, history of mathematics, computer science and artificial intelligence, linguistics, cognitive science, argumentation theory, philosophy, and the history of ideas. This volume is number seven in the eleven volume Handbook of the History of Logic. It concentrates on the development of modal logic in the 20th century, one of the most important undertakings in logic’s long history. Written by the leading researchers and scholars in the field, the volume explores the logics of necessity and possibility, knowledge and belief, obligation and permission, time, tense and change, relevance, and more. Both this volume and the Handbook as a whole are definitive reference tools for students and researchers in the history of logic, the history of philosophy, and any discipline, such as mathematics, computer science, artificial intelligence, for whom the historical background of his or her work is a salient consideration. · Detailed and comprehensive chapters covering the entire range of modal logic. · Contains the latest scholarly discoveries and interpretative insights that answer many questions in the field of logic.

The Planet in a Pebble

By Jan Zalasiewicz
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  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Book Code : 019162490X
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Science
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This is the story of a single pebble. It is just a normal pebble, as you might pick up on holiday - on a beach in Wales, say. Its history, though, carries us into abyssal depths of time, and across the farthest reaches of space. This is a narrative of the Earth's long and dramatic history, as gleaned from a single pebble. It begins as the pebble-particles form amid unimaginable violence in distal realms of the Universe, in the Big Bang and in supernova explosions and continues amid the construction of the Solar System. Jan Zalasiewicz shows the almost incredible complexity present in such a small and apparently mundane object. Many events in the Earth's ancient past can be deciphered from a pebble: volcanic eruptions; the lives and deaths of extinct animals and plants; the alien nature of long-vanished oceans; and transformations deep underground, including the creations of fool's gold and of oil. Zalasiewicz demonstrates how geologists reach deep into the Earth's past by forensic analysis of even the tiniest amounts of mineral matter. Many stories are crammed into each and every pebble around us. It may be small, and ordinary, this pebble - but it is also an eloquent part of our Earth's extraordinary, never-ending story.

Advances in Cryptology - CRYPTO 2001

By Joe Kilian
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 3540446478
  • Total of Pages : 604
  • Category : Computers
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Crypto 2001, the 21st Annual Crypto conference, was sponsored by the Int- national Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR) in cooperation with the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Security and Privacy and the Computer Science Department of the University of California at Santa Barbara. The conference received 156 submissions, of which the program committee selected 34 for presentation; one was later withdrawn. These proceedings contain the revised versions of the 33 submissions that were presented at the conference. These revisions have not been checked for correctness, and the authors bear full responsibility for the contents of their papers. The conference program included two invited lectures. Mark Sherwin spoke on, \Quantum information processing in semiconductors: an experimentalist’s view." Daniel Weitzner spoke on, \Privacy, Authentication & Identity: A recent history of cryptographic struggles for freedom." The conference program also included its perennial \rump session," chaired by Stuart Haber, featuring short, informal talks on late{breaking research news. As I try to account for the hours of my life that ?ew o to oblivion, I realize that most of my time was spent cajoling talented innocents into spending even more time on my behalf. I have accumulated more debts than I can ever hope to repay. As mere statements of thanks are certainly insu cient, consider the rest of this preface my version of Chapter 11.

A Pile Of Poems

By Theresa Hartley-Mace
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1493130668
  • Total of Pages : 59
  • Category : Poetry
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This is a little book of poems written by the author Theresa Hartley-Mace, a published poet. She was inspired by the bereavement and loss of her husband's father and through this, the poem, Dad was born. He died on her birthday 20th September 2012. Through sad times her poetry consoles her. The Poem 'Dad' was read out at her father in law's funeral by her husband Adrian. The wedding song was a poem she wrote when she was staying at the superb Mere golf and spa hotel near Knutsford, where all the staff were absolutely wonderful especially one of the receptionists, who said she was getting married, so she wrote the Wedding song for her. The poem encouragement was written in dedication to Theresa’s wonderful husband, Adrian who gives her so much positive encouragement in all she does.

The Early Earth

By James Badro,Michael J. Walter
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 1118860195
  • Total of Pages : 198
  • Category : Science
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The Early Earth: Accretion and Differentiation provides a multidisciplinary overview of the state of the art in understanding the formation and primordial evolution of the Earth. The fundamental structure of the Earth as we know it today was inherited from the initial conditions 4.56 billion years ago as a consequence of planetesimal accretion, large impacts among planetary objects, and planetary-scale differentiation. The evolution of the Earth from a molten ball of metal and magma to the tectonically active, dynamic, habitable planet that we know today is unique among the terrestrial planets, and understanding the earliest processes that led to Earth’s current state is the essence of this volume. Important results have emerged from a wide range of disciplines including cosmochemistry, geochemistry, experimental petrology, experimental and theoretical mineral physics and geodynamics. The topics in this volume include: Condensation of primitive objects in the solar nebula, planetary building blocks Early and late accretion and planetary dynamic modeling Primordial differentiation, core formation, Magma Ocean evolution and crystallization This volume will be a valuable resource for graduate students, academics, and researchers in the fields of geophysics, geochemistry, cosmochemistry, and planetary science.